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Scott Brown Slams Obamacare in Weekly GOP Address

12:59 PM, Mar 13, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Remember him? The guy who won Ted Kennedy's Senate seat by running explicitly against Obamacare?

Excerpts:

“Hello, I’m United States Senator Scott Brown from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

“When the people of my state elected me in January, they sent more than a senator to Washington – they sent a message.  Across party lines, the voters told politicians in Washington to get its priorities right. 

“In January of last year, unemployment hit 7.2 percent and our economy was hurting badly.  But, early in President Obama’s term, he and the Democratic leadership of Congress made takeover of health care their first priority.

“Today, times are even tougher across our nation when it comes to our economy.  Nearly one in ten Americans are still out of work.  And still, the President and Congress are focused on ramming through their health-care bill, whatever it takes, whatever the cost.  [...]

“And from my travels and conversation with people throughout this country, they told me that they want their President and Congress to focus on creating jobs and reviving America’s economy.  Instead, for more than a year now, we have seen a bitter, destructive, and endless drive to completely transform America’s health care system. 

"Somehow, the greater the public opposition to the health care bill, the more determined they seem to force it on us anyway.  Their attitude shows Washington at its very worst – the presumption that they know best, and they’re going to get their way whether the American people like it or not. [...]

“After all, from the very beginning of this debate, the American people have called it correctly.  In every part of the country, Republicans and Democrats have agreed on serious, straightforward, commonsense health care reform.  They expect us in Washington to do the same – working together, acting fairly and by the rules, and staying focused on the need to make the American economy as strong as it can be.  That is the business that brought me here on an unexpected journey to Washington.  And, it’s the responsibility of everyone sent here to serve our country. We can do better – and I challenge my colleagues and the President to do just that.

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